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Ridley Scott To Tackle The Forever War
Joe Haldeman's sci-fi classic

13 October 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Fans of proper sci-fi*, rejoice - not only is Ridley Scott returning to make us another slice of future fiction, but he's doing it with Joe Haldeman's classic The Forever War, which he accurately describes as "a bit of The Odyssey by way of Blade Runner" and which has a frankly kickass sci-fi premise.

 The story follows a group of soldiers, but in particular William Mandella and his friend Marygay, conscripted into the military following an attack on human colonies by the alien Taurans. After gruelling training on Earth, he and his companions are sent through a wormhole-like phenomenon to fight - but the vast distances involved mean that each time they return to Earth, decades or centuries of local time have passed and society has massively changed, even though the soldiers have only experienced weeks or months of subjective time. It's like Star Trek or Star Wars without the suspension of disbelief.

Scott wanted to make the film 25 years ago, but rights issues prevented him from doing so at that point, so this will be his first sci-fi movie since the double whammy of Alien and Blade Runner. He's producing through his Scott Free company, and planning on hiring a writer at once, but we guess that this will come after Nottingham on his To Do list, and perhaps after the thriller Child 44 and fashion family drama Gucci as well. But however far away it seems (subjectively) let's hope he does go ahead with it, because it's a fascinating book.

*We all know that mere monsters-in-space stories and superhero tales are not hard science fiction, after all.


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THE BELGIAN LINK
Few know that Haldeman teamed up, over 10 years ago, with Belgian comic writer Marc Van Oppem to turn the novell into a 3 part kick-ass comic. More

Posted by WIMMER at 11:47 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

SWEET!!
Big fan of Scott and Haldeman. I just hope they capture the essence of the story and emphasis that it is a treatise of the Vietnam war. And how the "forgotten man" of all wars struggles to come to terms with a world that was once familiar, but now completely alien. Also, I can't wait to see Scott's vision of the suits. For anyone interested in more Haldeman stories I recommend "Peace and War". Its an anthology of three of his books including the Forever War. More

Posted by carydoug at 07:49 on 18 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmm
Well that is more than just a typo as it is the distinction between two great films; Alien and Aliens.   Anyway, Scott returning to Sci-Fi after all these years is momentous. He is a master of the genre, so this film could be great. More

Posted by warpedai at 01:06 on 14 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ridley Scott To Tackle The Forever War
Beno, your enthusiasm for this is infectious! ds like a good project for Sir Scott alright. I haven't read the novel, but the first few pages of it are view-able on Amazon and it sounds interesting. More

Posted by Acho at 00:43 on 14 October 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah, but...
What about Monopoly?! More

Posted by chizmund at 23:28 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah, but...
What about Monopoly?! More

Posted by chizmund at 23:26 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah, but...
What about Monopoly?! More

Posted by chizmund at 23:25 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

Fingers crossed
Just like to say that if one person in the world can do this FANTASTIC book justice, it's Ridley Scott. Please please please let it be good! More

Posted by warren7355 at 18:38 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

Interesting
It's about time Ridley's gone back to sci-fi as avery one he does turns out an absolute classic. Good premise too, must dig out a copy. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:54 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: YES!
L: Mr Terrific This is good news, even if you are unaware of the source material, Ridley Scott and Sci-Fi is always a good combination. As its a war film set in the future it is sure to get bums on seats. Promises some action and some slight political points to be made. Could be controversial, if some of the stuff in the book is tranferred to the film..government encouraged homosexuality anyone?] sp; If its between 2 female stars of the movie who happen to be Scarlett Johanson an More

Posted by Beno at 12:31 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: YES!
This is good news, even if you are unaware of the source material, Ridley Scott and Sci-Fi is always a good combination. As its a war film set in the future it is sure to get bums on seats. Promises some action and some slight political points to be made.   Could be controversial, if some of the stuff in the book is tranferred to the film...government encouraged homosexuality anyone? More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 11:43 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

YES!
Ridley Scott is a legend and he can do BiG sci-fi movies. I'm really hopeful about this movie. Get a good writing team and a solid cast, then watch and be amazed More

Posted by aka_sammym at 11:18 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Hmmmmm
I'm not familiar with the Forever War...sounds ok though. I must admit to hoping against all hope that Ridley was going to do T'he 3 Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch' or 'Flow my tears, the policeman said'......to make up for butchering Do androids dream of electric sheep.... as he ducks....   Oh relax..it was just a joke More

Posted by FGT at 10:57 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Hmmmmm
Why are all the newbies on here so aggresive towards each other ? Are we surrounded by hoodies or what ? Did they not like the review for Epic Movie ? Behave please . Be A LOVER NOT A HATER , or be banned xx More

Posted by Beno at 10:45 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Hmmmmm
Ridley Scott doing science ficiton again?   I have my fingers crossed that this happens. Please let it happen.... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 10:10 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Hmmmmm
And there is always a loser idiot who is keen to call others names for pointing what was a major typo given the subject matter!! You should ge yourelf a life....as indeed should I instead of wasting my time on you! Ridley Scott doesn't make bad movies, so this should be awesome. American Gangster was superb I can't wait to see Nottingham! More

Posted by jameslowe at 09:50 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmm
Feck it ........ anyhoo this isnt just another Starship Troopers minus the sex n campness . The novel has loads of action though that could become massive movie set pieces , but it does go deep into the very itself . More

Posted by Beno at 09:32 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmm
Heres the cover of the Graphic Novel that came some 10 years after the original novel methinks .... im sorry but im officially very very geekily excited More

Posted by Beno at 09:29 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmm
When Scott hinted a while back he was intending to tackle a Sci - Fi novel of recent times i selfishly hoped it would be The Traveller , but as thats a yet unfinished trilogy , i guess i was hoping against hope ..... but this is even better . This has got to be more than one film surely . The story is massively epic and Empires diluted synopsis does not do it justice . Im 10 times more excited about this than Camerons Avatar and slightly more excited than Watchmen , it big people . Come on Rid More

Posted by Beno at 09:08 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmm
As soon as I saw an innocent typo, I just knew there'd be a response from an attention seeking arrogant moron.  More

Posted by Najemikon at 08:45 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmm
Ridley Scott didnt direct Aliens, dumbass - just knock off the 's' on the end More

Posted by Thunderball76 at 08:08 on 13 October 2008 | Report This Post

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